860h.00/42: Telegram

The Special Representative ( House ) to the Secretary of State

145. For the President. Pursuant to your number 50, November 19, 4 p.m., in answer to our number 120, I communicated with the British Government through Lord Derby respecting this matter and requested him to ascertain the views of his Government. I am now in receipt of the following communication from Lord Derby: [Page 311]

“I telegraphed to Mr. Balfour the contents of your letter of yesterday and he has replied asking me to let you know that His Majesty’s Government consider that if the Italian troops occupying part of the former empire of Austria-Hungary or which propose to occupy it could be accompanied by American troops it would be of the very greatest value.”

As soon as I hear from the French Government I will take the matter up with the Supreme Command through General Pershing.

Edward House